Ship Construction


  • George Bruce, Professor and Researcher, Newcastle University, UK
  • David Eyres, Former lecturer in Naval Architecture at Plymouth University, UK

Ship Construction, Seventh Edition, offers guidance for ship design and shipbuilding from start to finish. It provides an overview of current shipyard techniques, safety in shipyard practice, materials and strengths, welding and cutting, and ship structure, along with computer-aided design and manufacture, international regulations for ship types, new materials, and fabrication technologies. Comprised of seven sections divided into 32 chapters, the book introduces the reader to shipbuilding, including the basic design of a ship, ship dimensions and category, and development of ship types. It then turns to a discussion of rules and regulations governing ship strength and structural integrity, testing of materials used in ship construction, and welding practices and weld testing. Developments in the layout of a shipyard are also considered, along with development of the initial structural and arrangement design into information usable by production; the processes involved in the preparation and machining of a plate or section; and how a ship structure is assembled. A number of websites containing further information, drawings, and photographs, as well as regulations that apply to ships and their construction, are listed at the end of most chapters. This text is an invaluable resource for students of marine sciences and technology, practicing marine engineers and naval architects, and professionals from other disciplines ranging from law to insurance, accounting, and logistics.
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Practising marine engineers and naval architects involved with basic ship design, structure and stability, particularly those working in shipyards, supervising ship construction, conversion, and maintenance; Marine engineering students


Book information

  • Published: May 2012
  • ISBN: 978-0-08-097239-8


"Both now retired from teaching, Eyres…and Bruce…update their textbook (first published in 1971) from the 2007 edition. It introduces ship design and shipbuilding practice to advanced undergraduate students of marine sciences and technology. It can also be used as a study guide for the Extra Master examinations, and as background for students of shipbuilding itself."--Reference & Research Book News, December 2013

Table of Contents



Part One Introduction to Shipbuilding

    1 Basic design of the ship

    2 Ship dimensions, form, size, or category

    3 Development of ship types

Part Two Materials and Strength of Ships

    4 Classification societies

    5 Steels

    6 Other shipbuilding materials

    7 Testing of materials

    8 Stresses to which a ship is subject

Part Three Welding and Cutting

    9 Welding and cutting processes used in shipbuilding

    10 Welding practice and testing welds

Part Four Shipyard Practice

    11 Shipyard layout

    12 Design information for production

    13 Plate and section preparation and machining

    14 Assembly of ship structure

    15 Launching

Part Five Ship Structure

    16 Bottom structure

    17 Shell plating and framing

    18 Bulkheads and pillars

    19 Decks, hatches, and superstructures

    20 Fore end structure

    21 Aft end structure

    22 Tanker construction

    23 Liquefied gas carriers

Part Six Outfit

    24 Cargo lifting arrangements

    25 Cargo access, handling, and restraint

    26 Pumping and piping arrangements

    27 Corrosion control and antifouling systems

    28 Heating, ventilation, air-conditioning, refrigeration, and insulation

Part Seven International Regulations

    29 International Maritime Organization

    30 Tonnage

    31 Load Line Rules

    32 Structural fire protection